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February 2016 Newsletter

In this edition:

- Fresh From the Kiln

- Upcoming Events & Sales!

- February Blogs * blogs will now only be on

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- Did you know ...

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I don't have a show planned for March but I am going to take another class with Bob Leatherbarrow, so you'll hear all about it in a few of my March blogs. I didn't have a big fused glass commercial order this month so I was busy making some fun fused glass pieces and some components for other projects.

 

I'm still hoping to have a home show but between my class and taxes it may be April!


I'm also still going to do the free fused glass pendant for anyone that tells me about a unique idea for a DYK as explained in my January Newsletter (an excerpt is below).

Since it’s a new year I thought I’d open it up for recommendations. In fact, I’m going to reward those with  unique DYK recommendations with a  fused glass pendant ($20 or less).   If you have a question about glass that you want me to do a DYK article just email me at elegantfusedglass@gmail.com There’s no limit to how many topics you can recommend, however it has to be a topic I haven’t written a DYK about already and it has to be in keeping with fused glass or jewelry.   If I use your DYK I will send you a handmade fused glass pendant ($20 or less).

(It should go without saying but I'll say it anyway,  I have the right to choose which DYK recommendations are acceptable to receive a free fused glass pendant!)

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Fresh From the Kiln:

Fused Glass Daisy night lights - December Fresh from the Kiln

Fresh from the kiln

Yep they are new bigger fused glass snaps! There aren't a lot of settings but I have a few. These are huge compared to the 18mm and 12mm also pictured. And yes there are several screen/pot melts pictured as explained in my DYK at the bottom of this newsletter!

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Valentines Day is coming - fused glass is a perfect gift

Valentines Day is coming - fused glass is a perfect gift

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner I thought I’d let ya’ll know just a few fused glass presents for that special person! Fused glass functional pieces like center pieces, Flowers, poker guards, pendants, and event though I didn't have room there's also earrings, wine stoppers, and everything you can image. After all real flowers die - fused glass flowers …Read more.

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Screen Melt - fused glass centerpiece

Screen Melt - fused glass centerpiece

Last month I wrote a blog about a fused glass bowl I made out of the remains of once was a beautiful fused glass Aspen sconce. As I mentioned in that blog that the Aspen was so large (with a little extra glass), I was able to make two bowls. The second fused glass bowl I made what's called a …Read more.

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February Fused Glass Mold of the Month

February Fused Glass Mold of the Month

The majority of last month I was busy with commercial  fused glass orders so those processes and fused glass pieces monopolized the majority of my newsletter blogs. I got a short break from commercial orders and I’ve actually been enjoying my big kiln for over a week. Wow have I had some fun fusing, it was difficult to choose which fused …Read more.

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fused glass Votives

fused glass Votives

In addition to my shows and commercial orders, I also make fused glass pieces for the shop in Denver, Tulip,  that show cases my fused glass. The last time I visited Patty she asked me to make some fused glass votives and candle shields. Typically when I fire fused glass I want to keep the pieces using similar glass i.e. …Read more.

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Fused Glass Review - Screen Melts

Fused Glass Review - Screen Melts

Each month I tried to do a review of some kind of the myriad of Fused Glass DVDs, E-books, Magazines, tutorials, etc. that I watch or read. I watch several of the Glass Pattern Quarterly (GPQ) webinars. Some I watch during the first run, so to speak, so I can ask questions. Others I just buy the DVD. Overall I …Read more.

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Fused Glass Candle Shields

Fused Glass Candle Shields

As I mentioned in my fused glass votives blog, Tulip – Exquisite gifts / fantastic finds (the store that show cases my fused glass in Denver) also asked me to make some fused glass candle shields. I like fused candle shields because I can make them any color, shape or size. These are medium …Read more.

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Fused Glass - Never Refuse to Refuse

Fused Glass - Never Refuse to Refuse

A famous fused glass Artist Boyce Lundstrom coined the phrase never refuse to refuse and I'm a firm believer in that. Earlier this month and last month I wrote blogs about refusing broken glass pieces. This one is about a fused glass piece that I broke a while back. I thought I'd show you …Read more.

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Did you know ...

This section is used to answer any questions you may have or to pass on tidbits of information that add value and enhance knowledge regarding fused glass, metals, or jewelry in general. Let me know if you have anything you'd like me to include.

This DYK is about a fused glass technique that I love and have been playing with all month; Fused Glass Screen melts and aperture / pot melts.  I did a blog about a fused glass screen melt earlier this month as well as how I used screenmelts to create something new out of a broken piece.  Even with all of those other posts I think they need a little more explanation. 

First fused glass screen melts, aperture, and pot melts are very similar; in fact aperture and pot melt are synonymous. Aperture means an opening, hole, or gap. Pot melts are just that the glass is dripping through a hole in a pot. Pot/screen melts are taken to an extremely high temperature, between 1600-1650 degrees Fahrenheit.  A normal melt is 1450-1480 for a full fuse.

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You can see the setup for this pot melt.  It's actually best if you can drip from a taller position. The glass flows into a stainless steel form. If there is enough glass it will flow to fill the form.

This is the typical fused glass pot melt. It's in a terra cotta pot. This one happens to be very tiny pot but the igot is about 5x5 inches. The firing schedule is high as I mentioned earlier, 1650F.

This is ingot after it's finished. I'm not sure if you can see it but there is a little nub in the middle. The reason is because fired it the same as a big pot but the pot is small so the hole is small so it flows slower so I should have held it longer at top temperature. So it was still attached to the pot. I just nipped it off with my nippers.

Great lesson, I will need to fire it again to flatten it out. Additionally there is some clear on both sides so I'll need to cut if off and refire. It will probably be a plate or bowl. I like the colors.

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A screen melt is the same concept it's just the glass is put on a stainless steel screen.  If you look at the blog above you can see that a screenmelt uses a screen and the pot melt uses a pot.

 

Here is the results. Isn't it beautiful. You can see there are a lot more hole designs.

This is a close up of the back of the above screenmelt. Isn't it beautiful. I'm leaving this as a sculpture so it can be viewed from both sides. In the light it is really magnificent!

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One interesting modification is relatively recent is that these melts can be created using other things (besides screens and pots).  A potter / glass artist has created screen melt pots with various holes in the pots so it's the best of both worlds. They have more than one hole but you don't have to worry about cleaning the screen in between the melts.  The ones below are how I clean out the ceramic pots. A lot of clear so the glass doesn't mix.

These are some of the results of the pot/screenmelts. This happens to be me putting them back in for a polish. and to smooth them out. It's a long schedule because they are pretty thick.

Here is a finished fused glass screenmelt in one of the pots made by Laurie Spray, then a polish, and then a slump. I like this one a lot because of the blues and purples.

I made several, most turned out really nice however, because they are extremely thick one broke during the polish. I still have to slump them.  On the yellow and orange one I'm going to fire it on another piece of white glass.  I coldworked them all and even shaped the majority of them. One is a sconce, one is a sculpture, and the rest are bowls / platters. Also the pink one I'm making into jewelry and another one I cut up and made into tiny dishes and night lights. That's the thing about fused glass screen melts; the possibilities are endless.

I hope this helps you understand how much work goes into a fused glass screen/pot melt and how versatile they are.

They are also a lot of fun to make. I'll continue to show some of my favorites. 

If you would like to buy any of these please email me.

Keeping my kilns warm,

Karen

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